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C1 Corvette 1953-1962

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Tech Support Notes

Crank Pulley Not Included With Kit: There is no crank pulley included with the kit. This kit is installing onto a 50 year old car with an unknown set of pulleys and water pump, so there is no way for us to make a 'standard' kit for so many variables. Please see “C1 Corvette Crank Pulley Information” document on crank pulley specifications to determine the correct crank pulley for the vehicle.

Alternator / Generator Clearance Issues: If the Alternator / Generator is located on the driver’s side of the car there will be a clearance issue with the power steering pump. The customer will need to relocate the alt/gen to the passenger’s side using Corvette Central ( brackets 301162 (MOUNTING ADAPTOR PLATE - RIGHT GENERATOR / ALTERNATOR WITH HEADERS) and 302015 (ALTERNATOR SUPPORT BRACKET - RIGHT). The customer may not need both brackets, the customer will need to double check.

Exhaust Notes: This kit was designed to work with the original ‘Ram’s Horn’ style exhaust manifolds. If you have changed over to a different exhaust / headers, you will need to purchase our Header Upgrade Kit. This kit includes additional brackets and u-joints that route the u-joint assembly around the exhaust. Fuel Pump Clearance Issue: The fuel pump diaphragm drops down on the original 265. It is a lot thicker and hits our Passenger bracket. Later 283 or 327 pump would not be a problem because they are thinner. Bracket may need to be clearanced with original 265 pump.

Installation Time Not including removal of the stock system we estimate 6-8 hours.

Alignment Settings: Normally you can get between 1.5 and 2 degrees of positive caster. In order to get 2 you may need to add shims to the upper control arms. Normally this adjustment is a threaded screw out where the upper ball joint would be. So you have to max out that adjustment and then add shims.

Motor Mounts: This kit is designed to work with front motor mounts. If the customer is using side motor mounts there may be some modification required to make the u-joint assembly fit. 53-54 Corvettes: The passenger side bracket mounts to the V8 motor mount and the 6 cyl engines on the 53-54 has a different mount that will not fit. If you change to a V8 it could work if you used the front motor mount. If you did a side mount it will require modification but you can make it work if you still have the front mount on the passenger side. We are not sure about what would be required to make our bracket work with the 6 cylinder.

MISC NOTES: For early Chevy cars (like a 61 Chevy) the kit will not work because things are COMPLETELY different. Earlier 49-54 Chevy is similar to C1 except the frame is different (steering is the same, but frame is different) so our mounting brackets do fit, but we may need to supply different tie rod sleeves. 

C2-C3 Corvette 1963-1982

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General Steeroids Notes

When comparing our kit to others that may be on the market, we feel that our experience with manufacturing steering conversion kits helps us offer the best kit available. Our engineers have had years of fine tuning bump steer issues, header clearance issues, ease of install issues and geometry issues. We offer a COMPLETE kit – Everything you need to completely replace the old steering with the new Steeroids and get you on the road, without any hidden parts that you will need to find on your own. Also, you do not need to make ANY modifications to your vehicle to make fit. When we say Bolt-On, we mean it! If you would like to know more about our kit(s) and our history of manufacturing them, please feel free to call us toll free at 888-731-1381! Or you can read more on our Steeroids FAQ page.

PLAY IN THE WHEEL: This is often caused by a worn bearing at the end of the steering column. It is not usually noticed with the original steering box, but with the Steeroids system it makes a big difference with regards to steering wheel “play”. The bearing doesn't cost very much and only takes about 5 minutes to replace. They can be found on Eckler’s website here. Thanks to Bjorn Leidelof from Sweden for the suggestion!

FLUID: Please do not run synthetic fluid through your rack unit until the break-in period is over, usually around 1000 miles.

GM SERPENTINE SYSTEMS: If you are using a GM Serpentine System, we recommend ordering the kit for the Big Block. We have had customers tell us that our hoses for the Big Block kit hook directly up without any modification.

OIL PAN CLEARANCE: Most oversized oil pans fit as long as the stock steering fits. We are running 7 qt Milodons (part number 31505) on our development vehicles. The factory 327/365 SHP engine which has the larger 6 quart oil pan does not fit with the stock steering, and does not fit with our kit either. Milodon #31188 *stepped drag race pan* will fit BB C2 and C3’s even with big stroker engines. The following are some measurements off of our 78 small block (with a 7 qt Milodon) that may help:

Back of sump to front of sump: 9″Back of sump to rack: 12″Clearance at the top of the rack: 1/2″From the front of the pan back to the drop in the pan for the pick-up, you need about 7″ clearance.

LS ENGINES: Many customers are changing to LS engines. There seems to be only minor modifications necessary. The main clearance issue is with the oil pan, however, if you use a Firebird oil pan, it seems to work just fine. It may require some modification to the oil pan if you are running a long sump. The C5 batwing oil pan clears with no problems. You may want to check our header clearance page for a list of what hits and what fits.

TURNING RADIUS AND TIRE CLEARANCE: The turning radius with our kit is slightly increased over stock. Most customers have said it is an insignificant amount, if not unnoticeable. You will still be able to easily whip in and out of parking spots or driveways. PLEASE NOTE – if you are running your stock tire size, due to the tall side wall on occasion the driver’s side tire can rub on the end of the rack. This is at the very end of the rack’s travel and should not affect your turning radius much (usually when we see this happening there is already evidence of the tire rubbing on the frame rail). These taller tires may rub, but most do not. Going with a slightly lower profile tire will eliminate this from happening.

CHANGING FROM MANUAL TO POWER: If you are changing your Corvette from manual to power, you might need to get some additional bolts to help with the installation of the Steeroids kit. Power cars have two bolts that support the hydraulic cylinder bracket and the Steeroids kit requires these two bolts. If you do not have them, you will want to get them. You can order them from us – part number 910-A7019.